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A Useful Dog Hardcover – April 11, 2007
Alternately comical, melancholic, pragmatic, and poetic, Donald McCaig’s collection AUseful Dog offers a delightful exploration of the simple yet rich relationship between dogs and humans. Having cast aside urban life in the 1970s in favor of working and living on a sheep farm in Virginia, McCaig has spent the past three decades raising working sheepdogs and writing about his experiences with them. A Useful Dog comprises a selection of short pieces―vintage McCaig―that reveal not only the ins and outs of sheepdog work and trials but also the joy and devotion that dogs bring to our daily lives. For any dog enthusiast, this little book will prove a telling reminder of why the dog became known as man’s best friend.
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McCaig's tales of working dogs are luminous and tocuhing. If you ever loved a dog, you will love this book. ----Carol Lea Benjamin
Written by the Mark Twain of dog writers, A Useful Dog is an evocative collection of deftly written stories that will capture the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. Few writers can match McCaig's ability to speak to the bond between people and dogs with such quiet and unassuming grace. --Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash and For the Love of a Dog
- Publisher : University of Virginia Press; 1st University of Virginia Press Ed edition (April 11, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0813926173
- ISBN-13 : 978-0813926179
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.34 x 0.57 x 6.74 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The connection between mankind and dog is very special.
It is very evident that our loving God planned the benefits to mankind from dogs.